Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

COVID-19: Resources and Updates

The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. We at Asia School of Business (ASB) have been closely monitoring this outbreak and have been taking a range of preventive measures to protect our internal and external communities in this pandemic.

Last Updated: 10 April, 2020

COVID-19: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION & PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES  

The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. At Asia School of Business (ASB), we have been closely monitoring this outbreak and have been taking various preventive measures to protect our internal and external communities in this pandemic. Our top priority of ASB is ensuring the safety, security and well-being of the community while also bearing in mind the need to sustainably deliver on our educational commitments.

The following are salient guidelines imposed by the authorities and ASB as an organization to safeguard our community during this time.

Latest Updates

Movement Control Order In Malaysia (from 18 March – 28 April 2020)

On 16 March 2020, the Government of Malaysia announced the Movement Control Order (MCO) which is currently in effect from 18 March, 2020 and has been extended till 28 April, 2020, across the country. The MCO is made pursuant to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.

The MCO stipulates that:

    1. All government and private premises except those involved in essential services are required to be closed.
    2. Mass movements and gatherings across the country including religious, sports, social and cultural activities are prohibited; all houses of worship and business premises are to be closed.
    3. Essential services such as public transport, pharmacies, clinics, banks, postal services and business that sells everyday necessities such as supermarkets, public markets, grocery and convenience stores, will remain open with limited operation hours.
    4. Several economic sectors would be opened in stages with restricted services in the near future.
    5. All educational institutions nationwide including kindergartens, government and private schools, skills training institutes, public and private higher education institutions (including ASB) are to be closed.
    6. Malaysian are not allowed to travel abroad; For those who have just returned from overseas, they are required to undergo a health check and a quarantine (or self- quarantine) for 14 days thereafter.
    7. Restrictions are imposed on the entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into the country.

Pursuant to the MCO, the public is not allowed to travel from one place to another except for the following purposes:

    1. to perform an official duty
    2. to make a journey for purposes of carrying out essential services
    3. to purchase, supply and deliver food or daily necessities
    4. to seek healthcare or medical services
    5. or any other purposes as may be permitted by authorities

The regulations, directives and guidelines imposed by the Government are applicable to both Malaysian and non-Malaysian. A violation can lead to fines and imprisonment on the individual and organization.

 

ASB Community

As part of the MCO, the ASB Community is asked to help by complying with the regulations, directives and guidelines imposed by the Malaysian government. A breach not only exposes the public and ASB Communities to health risks related to the COVID-19, but also legal repercussions towards student, staff and ASB as an organization.

As an active part of the effort, ASB staff and students are asked to actively observe the following:

 

ASB Staff

All staff are required to work from home. The ASB Campus (Sasana Kijang) and the Iclif Executive Education Center at Platinum Sentral will not be open to staff, public and visitors from 18 March to 28 April, 2020.

 

ASB Students

  • Effective 18 March, 2020 ASB has suspended all on-campus classes until further notice.
  • All student club activities have been halted. Students are not allowed to have any club activities until further notice.
  • Students who are staying at Residensi ASB are required to comply with all guidelines, directives set by ASB.

 

Residensi ASB

  • Residensi ASB will only be accessible to residents and staff who are servicing the building.
  • Common facilities at Residensi ASB such as the gym, café, children’s playgound, multipurpose hall, are all closed until further notice.
  • Students who are staying at Residensi ASB are required to comply with all guidelines and directives set by ASB.
  • Students are advised to stay in their apartments at all times and restrict any movements within Residensi ASB.
  • Communal and social activities amongst students (e.g.: lunches, dinners, sports activities, social visits) within Residensi ASB and in public areas are strictly not allowed.
  • Students are able to order food via delivery services. However, they will need to be guided by the rules and regulations implemented by ASB and also MCO guidelines regarding food delivery services to Residensi ASB.
  • Students and their families who are boarding at Residensi ASB are all required to maintain good hygiene, cleanliness of Residensi ASB and their rooms and apartments at all times.

 

Travel Restrictions

  • Malaysians are not allowed to travel abroad.
  • Non-Malaysians who are currently in Malaysia are allowed to leave the country but will not be allowed to enter into the country.
  • All foreign tourists and visitors are not allowed to enter into the country.
  • Malaysians who are holding long term pass with a foreign country are allowed to leave the country on the condition that they will not be allowed to return to Malaysia.
  • All pass holders such as temporary work visa, student visa, employment pass and long term social visit pass (MM2H) will not be allowed to enter Malaysia.
  • Malaysians who are residing in Peninsular Malaysia will not be allowed to board flights to Sabah and Sarawak and vice-versa.
  • Spouse and children of a Malaysian resident are allowed to enter Malaysia on condition that they have a long term social visit pass
  • All Malaysians who have returned from abroad in the last 14 days are required to undergo a health check and a mandatory quarantine for a total of 14 days thereafter. Please inform your line managers and contact the nearest screening center as per listed under Health & Wellbeing.
  • We urge everyone to keep a log of activities, venue and people whom you have had close contact to help expedite contract tracing and flattening the curve should this be needed later. Close contact is defined as:
      • working together in the same environment, or having been in a class together (>15 minutes)
      • traveling in a vehicle together
      • living in the same household together
      • being exposed without PPE to a COVID-19 patient

International Travel Restrictions

As the spread of the coronavirus continues, counties across the globe are imposing travel restrictions. For an up-to-date and comprehensive list of travel bans across the world, please refer to the following sites:

Remote Work

  • For more information on how to utilize teleconferencing for remote work, kindly download our Zoom & Skype Business guides here.
  • Effective through at least till 28 April, 2020 or until further notice, all ASB meetings will be held via digital platforms and remote collaboration tools.

Health and Wellbeing

  • Those who are feeling unwell during self-isolation or who are concerned about potential exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals should find out if they are at risk via this self-assessment link from the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with Doctor on Call.
  • Those who are at risk, kindly consult a MOH doctor by clicking the Ask Doctor button on the same site to clarify any health issues related to COVID-19 starting from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm for a second assessment.
  • If both risk assessment results indicate high-risk, kindly contact Program Office or ASB HR immediately before heading straight to the closest screening hospitals in the Klang Valley:
      • Hospital Sungai Buloh * – 03 6145 4333
      • Hospital Kuala Lumpur * – 03 26156391
      • Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang – 03 3375 7000
      • Hospital Selayang, Batu Caves – 03 6126 3333
      • Hospital Serdang, Kajang – 03 8947 5555
      • Hospital Shah Alam – 03 5526 3000
      • Hospital Kajang – 03 8913 3333
      • Hospital Banting – 03 3187 1333
      • Hospital Putrajaya – 03 8312 4200

 

  • For those who are not at risk, kindly contact your nearest AIA Panel Clinic for assistance.
  • Practice and promote good, basic hygiene. Non-touch standing hand sanitizers have been made available in all public areas on campus and at Residensi ASB to facilitate this.
  • ASB counselors are also available to speak to those who are in need.

Program Information

Executive Education

  • The FIDE and MAP programs are currently running virtually.
  • All face-to-face Executive Education programs are deferred until further notice.
  • On-going arrangements are being made to conduct the other Executive Education programs virtually.

MBA & MBA-Working Professionals Admissions 

  • ASB will be conducting all of its admissions activities digitally through the end of April. We will further. leverage technology to innovate how we engage with the market, so that we can give prospects a high-touch digitally-oriented view into the transformational nature of our education experience.
  • As a school, we are still moving forward with plans for the Fall 2020 semester. As such, we are still accepting applications for the current application cycle. Upcoming application submission datelines for the Full-Time MBA and the MBA for Working Professionals programs are 2 April, 2020 and 7 April, 2020 respectively.
  • Be it test centers being closed globally, or a letter of referral being delayed, we know the application process does not solely rely on you. As such, we are adding a Round 4 application deadline of 20 April 2020 for those who cannot meet the Round 3 deadline.
  • Over the next several weeks, we have a series of online master classes with our amazing faculty, webinars related to the admission process and career outcomes, and open forum online chats. We encourage you to sign-up for these sessions here.
  • Additionally, if you would like to talk to someone about your individual concerns, please feel free to schedule a call with someone from our admissions team here.
  • If you have any additional questions related to admissions matters, do not hesitate to contact us at admissions@asb.edu.my.

Additional Resources

Updated resources, information and data about COVID-19 are also available here:

Please check the above links and this website frequently, as additional information will continue to be posted as it becomes available. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures.

Disclaimer: *All information and terms above are subject to change under the evolving circumstances with notification. Readers are advised to check with the relevant authorities’ websites for updated information on the Movement Control Order. For matters relating to ASB, kindly contact ASB Management for any further updates/details. ASB will not be held responsible for any reliance and decision making based on the information provided herein.

FAQ

What is a coronavirus?

Coronoviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). COVID-19, is a new strain this is discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
What do we know about COVID-19?

Because this is a new virus, information about its transmission, prevention and detection is limited. Here is what we currently know about the virus.

  • The Virus is highly contagious (R>2, one person spreads to 2)
  • Symptoms present up to 14 days of infection, hence self-isolation is recommended for at least 14 days after arrival infection hotspots
  • 1 in 6 people may become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing
  • Older people and those with underlying medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems are most likely to develop serious illness
  • The Fatality/Mortality rate is between 3-5%
  • There is no test currently, only diagnosis via external symptoms followed by CT scans
  • No proven vaccine or cure has been developed yet
What precautions can I take to lower my risk of infection?

The World Health Organisation recommends the following measures as safety precautions to avoid being infected with COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not at hand.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (phones, tablets, laptops, tables, handles, and so on) using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Minimize person to person contact (e.g., handshakes and hugs), minimize touches on public surfaces (e.g., door handles and bannisters) and minimize contact between bottle/receptacles and water dispensers.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing to avoid breathing in water droplets that may include viruses. Anyone who is coughing or sneezing should be at home or checked at a health care facility.
  • Minimize food contamination – buffets, food sharing and open food service stations, for example, to minimize transmission risk from consumption of droplets.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

See more tips from the World Health Organization

What do I do if I am unwell?
  • Those who are feeling unwell during self-isolation or who are concerned about potential exposure to COVID_19 positive individuals should find out if they are at risk via this self-assessment link from the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with Doctor on Call.
  • Those who are at risk, kindly consult a MOH doctor by clicking the Ask Doctor button on the same site to clarify any health issues related to COVID-19 for a second assessment.
  • If both risk assessment results show high-risk, kindly contact program office or ASB HR immediately before heading straight to the closest screening hospitals in the Klang Valley:
      • Hospital Sungai Buloh * – 03 6145 4333
      • Hospital Kuala Lumpur * – 03 26156391
      • Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang – 03 3375 7000
      • Hospital Selayang – 03 6126 3333
      • Hospital Serdang – 03 8947 5555
      • Hospital Shah Alam – 03 5526 3000
      • Hospital Kajang – 03 8913 3333
      • Hospital Banting – 03 3187 1333
      • Hospital Ampang – 03 4289 6000
      • Hospital Putrajaya – 03 8312 4200

* Remark: Currently only Hospital Sungai Buloh and Hospital Kuala Lumpur are designated Admitting Hospitals in Klang Valley with appropriate and adequate isolation facilities and  a core team of health care workers that  have been trained in managing patients with COVID-19.

 

  • For those who are not at risk, kindly contact your nearest AIA Panel Clinic for assistance.
What are the precautions ASB is taking as a school to protect its communities?
  • We have currently closed our campus. Residensi ASB will only be accessible to residents and staff who are servicing the building.
  • The School encourages the practice of universal social distancing to protect everyone.
  • The School promotes good, basic hygiene, and encourages frequent washing of hands and the use  of hand sanitizers. Non-touch standing hand sanitizers have been made available in all classrooms, study rooms and offices to facilitate this.
  • Cleaning specs and frequency have been increased with the use of disinfectants at high-traffic areas.
  • Water dispensers guards have been installed with disinfection wipes at all water stations.
  • ASB has also increased the number of HEPA air purifiers within the School.
  • All of our programs have either been suspended or postponed until further notice.
  • Student have been strongly encourage to depart campus to return to their home residences.
  • Those who have returned from abroad are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • All student club activities have been suspended until further notice.
  • All our staff are currently working from home.
  • ASB counselors have also been made available to student and staff for those in need of them.